COVID-19 Response

Small business and vulnerable populations will be hit hard by measures being taken in response to COVID-19. Although the pandemic has instigated many shifts around the world, changing both the way we work and the way our impact entrepreneurs do business, ygap continues to back local impact ventures to ensure they survive this crisis and the subsequent downturn. Part of this response is developing resources to build resilience in small business, and showcasing the inventive ways that ventures have pivoted their businesses to adapt during the outbreak.

Over a million people with a better chance at lifting themselves out of poverty or disadvantage. 

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Since 2008 we have:


supported541impact ventures

impacted the lives of 1,295,411people

Our Vision:A world without poverty.

ygap is an international development organisation that supports early-stage social impact ventures with locally-led solutions to local problems. 

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship as an effective and sustainable way to provide opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and disadvantage.

We find, accelerate and support the growth of impact ventures led by local entrepreneurs who deeply understand the unique challenges of their communities and are best placed to develop solutions.

ygap's Polished Man Campaign

This October, we challenge all men, women and children to paint one nail to represent the one child that dies every five minutes as a result of violence. This painted nail will start conversations, conversations that inspire donations, donations that enable us to support trauma prevention and trauma recovery services in Australia and around the world.

These include our accelerator program supporting entrepreneurs who are running ventures that focus on ending violence against children. We also channel funds into some of the best trauma recovery organisations around the world, including the Australia Childhood Foundation, Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN), Hagar Australia and the New York Centre for Children.

Because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child, and we all have the power to change this.


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WAWERU KURIA Providing emergency cash to low income earners Meet Waweru SILHE TSHABALA Helping vulnerable youth leapfrog into the digital age Meet Silhe BETH KOIGI Producing affordable water filters for all Kenyans Meet Beth PAUL TALLIARD Upcycling goods and lives in Capetown Meet Paul PEGGY MATIVO Providing a quality education in Kenya Meet Peggy ARJUN KHOOSAL A web-based platform to help local tradesmen Meet Arjun SAID TWAHIR Producing sustainable cooking briquettes Meet Said